Plot twist: he has feelings.
These shows aren’t just about magic. They are magical.
Thus, Natsume’s story shifts from that of a helpless victim to that of a brave hero.
Sometimes, to be comfortable you have to first step outside of your comfort zone.
Like Natsume, my conclusion is this: Natori Shuuichi is a royal pain in the neck and should be avoided at all costs.
Of course it’s painful.
In some ways, a bowl may seem like a insignificant token, a meaningless trinket. But in this context, it means something far more significant.